Running and whisky?


Eight hours later and I think I’m just coming back down to earth (with a mighty bump as I’m knackered). Today I entered my second 10K race almost 6 months after my first in October – after which I was side-lined for 10 weeks with an IT band injury.

Today’s race started from the Glenlivet distillery, situated among the Braes of Glenlivet. That name tells you about the nature of the course (for those who don’t know ‘braes’ = hills!)

For weeks I’ve been thinking about the course and especially about what they call a ‘steady incline’ – a 100m ascent over 2km. Plus there is another 100m ascent throughout the course. I’ve been very slowly plodding up a similar gradient on one of my local running routes. All this training didn’t make the hill, sorry steady incline, easy, but made it just about runnable. That, and a rather fast first kilometre when I was shooting downhill at speed, really made the rest of the run pretty tough. I felt at my worst struggling up another incline at kilometre 7, when I glanced at my watch and realised the fastest runners would now be sitting inside enjoying a cuppa!

I didn’t look at my watch again until km 9 – it read 55-something minutes. Oh my, much as I would have loved to do a 10K in an hour, I knew I couldn’t run one kilometre in five minutes.


Still, I got a new 10K PB by finishing just over the hour. The time from my race chip is 1:00:44 šŸ™‚ I’m happy with that šŸ™‚

I was glad I’d braved to just wear a t-shirt and shorts despite it only being 10Ā°C and raining when I started. I felt really uncomfortably hot running and think I’ll need to get a running vest.

After the race I felt really strange: a mixture of runner’s high and quite euphoric, but not calm. I couldn’t keep still and was fidgeting about (probably still the adrenaline) and cold and clammy and wanting to collapse. But we (DH and DS were my supporters/photographers) hung around for the prize-giving, then once I’d changed in the car I felt better. We decided to go on a guided tour of the distillery since we were there and I enjoyed a wee dram of the stuff at the end of the tour! We also got miniatures of The Glenlivet 12 year old single malt in our goody bags. As in the photo above.

Like the previous event, this was organised by the charity Chest, Heart, Stroke Scotland and again like the previous one they announced that they’d made over Ā£11,000 from registration fees and donations, plus the same again from sponsorship.


7 comments on “Running and whisky?

    • My next race in a couple of weeks time is also hilly. In fact, it hasn’t got a ‘steady incline’. but is infamous for ‘The Hill’. Hopefully I’ll get to one of the flatter runs later in the year.

  1. Super Veteran? Who are you kidding? Anyhow, well done you, if it hadn’t have been for those hills you’d easily have run it in less than an hour. Where is your next race?

    • My next race is the Balmoral 10K (or to give it the full title, the Stena Drilling Tartan 10K), another hilly part of the country.

      Glenlivet used the following age categories
      Senior 16 – 39
      Veteran 40 – 49
      Super Veteran 50 – 59
      Vintage 60+

      Which puts me firmly in the super-veteran category. I’m quite chuffed with my placings too considering Iā€™m new to this running malarkey.
      Overall : 348 / 466
      Gender : 123 / 213
      Categ : 14 / 29

      Amazingly the third woman home was a super-veteran in 46 mins! So maybe there’s still time for me to improve my time.

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